March 10, 2003 – Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks while performing a concert at the Sherperd’s Bush Empire theatre in England said, “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas. “ which led to a massive backlash from the right and country music fans across America. For years now, the Dixie Chicks have been blacklisted from many radio stations because of those 12 words – “we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”
She received death threats. Plural. Their song which had been at number 10 on the charts dropped to number 42 the next week and off the chart the following week. Their CDs were gathered and destroyed in a modern equivalent of a book burning. One mother was so hateful that she taught her small child to say “screw ‘em”
“BILL O’REILLY: They don’t know what they’re talking about. Callow foolish women, who deserve to be slapped around.”
Did you catch that? “Respected” right-wing “journalist” advocating slapping them around for their exercise of their free speech. Because she said, “we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas” and according to some right wing pundits, specifically because she said it on foreign soil. Ashamed. Oh, the horror.
Now, contrast this, if you would, with the words spoken in Singapore by one Dave Mustaine of Megadeth on August 7, 2012. “Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban. So he’s staging all of these murders, like the Fast and Furious thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there. And now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple.”
So, he’s a birther, which is whacko enough but whatever. We recognize peoples’ right to free speech. We recognize peoples’ rights to develop conspiracy theories. At what point does that cross into slander? At what point, does accusing someone, and in this case the POTUS of murder cross the line? And, regardless, it is a slap in the face to the victims and their families in these horrible crimes.
Let me also point out that the right wing hysteria that Obama wants to take away their guns is just more evidence that they are insane. Even the Brady Center, which is an openly avowed gun control advocacy group, gives Obama an F on Gun Control. Funny that he would consider moving to Singapore, too, what with having some of the most restrictive gun control laws on the planet.
This crosses significant lines, and where is the outrage. Where is the backlash? Where is the right wing outrage that he did this on foreign soil? I am told by a conservative friend that the conservative radio hosts were denouncing it, but we are certainly not seeing the same outrage that we saw over the Dixie Chicks. Are we to argue that the country music fans are more skewed to the right than the metal fans? That may have some validity. However, I know many more metal fans personally than I do country fans, and while that does not make a statistically valid sampling, I know a surprising number of them who are conservative. I am not seeing the outrage amongst them either. I did a quick Google search and I am not finding any Conservative condemnation of it, much less any outrage.
In fact, it is much like when Ted Nugent made his comments which could have been taken as a threat against Obama’s life recently. It should be noted that he was interviewed by the Secret Service and it was probably quickly recorded in his permanent record that he peed himself and showed that he is all talk and show, as he tucked his tail between his legs and cowered in a corner, but regardless, they did clear him of making any actual threat against the POTUS. The words which got him in that position though were spoken on April 14, 2012, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.“ And, the right did not get offended. They did not step up with the hackneyed, “My president right or wrong” that they scream at anyone who dared to criticize Bush the younger. No. In fact, they simply brushed it off as hyperbole.
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